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October 21, 2018

Cardiff Blues 12 - 29 Glasgow Warriors

Champions Cup match played at Cardiff Arms Park on Sunday October 21st 2018 | No comments

Adam Hastings got Warriors off to the perfect start
Glasgow Warriors got their Champions Cup campaign back on track with an excellent bonus-point win over Cardiff Blues at the Arms Park.

Glasgow, beaten at home by Saracens last weekend, did not look back after fly-half Adam Hastings and wing DTH van der Merwe scored tries in the first five minutes.

Hastings also added a conversion and penalty before half-time, and when scrum-half Ali Price rounded off a crisp move early in the second period, the only serious debate was whether or not Glasgow would claim a five-point maximum.

Glasgow got there when lock Jonny Gray added a fourth try 12 minutes from time - again converted by Hastings - and there was no doubting their supremacy over a Blues side that fell way short of repeating last Sunday's performance when they beat Lyon in France.

Wing Aled Summerhill claimed two consolation tries for the Blues, with Gareth Anscombe adding a conversion, but they were also chasing a game that, in truth, was beyond reach following Glasgow's early onslaught.

Warriors now have back-to-back fixtures against pointless Lyon.

"We're really happy. Five points away from home - it's going to be really important after last week's loss," Glasgow Head Coach Dave Rennie told BBC Scotland.

"I thought we were more clinical than we were last week, we defended well again, we played the game with a big chunk of the game without the ball.

"We were forced to defend and scramble and we did a pretty good job. It was important to silence the crowd. I thought we started both halves really well and that made a difference.

"We're really happy to get four tries. We had control of the game throughout, so we're pretty happy with that performance.

"A loss today would have made it really difficult. We've got Lyon two games in a row which will be a really big challenge, they're a really good side."

Referee Luke Pearce (England)
Attendance
Man of the Match Adam Hastings
Team
1
Oli Kebble
2
Fraser Brown
3
D'arcy Rae
4
Robert Harley
5
Jonny Gray
6
Ryan Wilson
7
Callum Gibbins
8
Matt Fagerson
9
Ali Price
10
Adam Hastings
11
DTH van der Merwe
12
Sam Johnson
13
Huw Jones
14
Lee Jones
15
Tommy Seymour
Sub
George Turner
Sub
Alex Allan
Sub
Petrus du Plessis
Sub
Scott Cummings
Sub
Chris Fusaro
Sub
George Horne
Sub
Peter Horne
Sub
Nikola Matawalu
Match Substitutions
Off On
Oli Kebble Alex Allan
Off On
D'arcy Rae Petrus du Plessis
Off On
Ryan Wilson Chris Fusaro
Off On
Ali Price George Horne
Off On
Fraser Brown George Turner
Off On
Sam Johnson Peter Horne
Off On
DTH van der Merwe Nikola Matawalu
Off On
Robert Harley Scott Cummings